About Samir

Samir is the co-founder of Transfernation, an award winning non-profit which leverages technology to ensure extra food from events and other sources of food waste go toward supporting those with the greatest need. For his work, Samir has been recognized by The Resolution Fellowship, Dalai Lama Fellows, Kairos Society, the Web Summit Dublin, the Clinton Foundation, and recently received a national public service award from The Jefferson Awards Foundation. In addition Samir is a Business Leadership Analyst at LinkedIn, where he works to support organizations solve their talent acquisition and management needs. A firm believer in cultivating an efficient social sector Samir focuses on empowering non-profits to acquire the same level of talent that goes to the corporate sector and creating economic opportunity for underprivileged communities. Samir has spent the past years bridging the public and private sector around global social change and connecting other passionate individuals to unique opportunities. Samir recently served as a Strategy Analyst for the United Nations first annual Social Media for Social Good Summit, supporting discussions between major media and humanitarian organizations. Samir sits on the Strategy Board of Trip of a Lifetime and has consulted for Pvblic Foundation, Family Dinner Project, Think Coffee, Stern Social Impact Business Challenge, and recently joined International Connector as corporate development consultant. Samir is a frequent contributor at Mogul, Startup Grind, and LinkedIn. He focuses his writing on career search, technology, and social issues particularly gender equality. As a public speaker Samir has presented at the United Nations, Apple Store Soho, the Moody’s Foundation, and among other events. Samir holds a B.Sc. in Business with concentrations in Finance and International Business from New York University. He is currently based in New York City approximately four hours from Schenectady, New York where he grew up.

Skills

  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Marketing & PR
  • Leadership
  • Business
  • Project Management
  • Finance & Investing
  • Digital Design
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Venture Capital
  • General Business
  • Sales
  • Business Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

Interests

  • Content Creator
  • Culinary Arts
  • People's Choice Awards
  • Startups
  • Fintech
  • Health & Wellness
  • Website Design
  • BI / Analytics
  • Mobile Apps
  • Energy / Sustainability
  • Internet of Things
  • Social Influencer
  • Venture Capital
  • Social Good / Non-Profits
  • Education

Samir's Ideas

Esusu

Esusu is a platform designed to facilitate collective savings as a method to improve savings habits, increase access to capital, and help individuals build credit. Today in the United States alone, approximately 106 million people are still 'unbanked'. Saving is hard for anyone, and even more so for those without access to financial institutions. Esusu allows users to form groups (of people they already know) in which they collectively save money and pay the collective sum to a different user each pay period. Esusu is based on the historical concept of 'susu' savings groups in Ghana, but susu is only one of the many names for Rotational Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCA), or informal savings clubs. Through history almost every civilization established some form of these savings groups and this practice still exists in the 21st century. At Esusu we are integrating this practice into today's technology to make it even more accessible and impactful.